August 23, 2012 Print Edition

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Ten Commandments monument case sent back lower court

ATLANTA (NSF/FBW) -- Federal appellate judges this week ordered a lower court to plunge back into a dispute about whether a Ten Commandments statue outside the Dixie County courthouse is unconstitutional.

Embattled Miami pastor sees ‘God’s hand’ in controversy

NORTH MIAMI (FBW) – North Miami church planter Jack Hakimian in recent weeks has been the subject of national and South Florida media attention, resulting in a threatened eviction of his church from a public school and being the object of scorn by gay activists.

Despite it being a last-minute invitation, Hakimian agreed to speak at a “GLBT Inclusion Forum” Aug. 8 on a panel tilted heavily in support of gay rights views, seeing it as an opportunity to be an “incarnational” Gospel witness to the homosexual community.

Florida Baptists called to 56 days of prayer prior to Election Day

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—In these “days of urgency” for the people of God and nation, Florida Baptists are being called to 56 Days of Praying “For His Name” in the time leading up to and beyond election day.

The consecrated prayer time, set to begin Sept. 16 and continue through Nov. 10, was designed to ask God’s blessings “for His name, for my neighbor and for our nation,” said Rick Shepherd, strategist for the Florida Baptist Convention’s Prayer and Spiritual Awakening Team.

No growth 2013 CP budget approved; SBC increases by one percent

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—A stagnant 2013 Cooperative Program budget of $31.6 million—an amount identical to the 2012 budget—was approved by the Budget-Allocations Committee of the State Board of Missions during its annual meeting Aug. 16 in Jacksonville.

The budget, based on gifts from Florida Baptist churches through the Cooperative Program from June 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012, will increase giving to the Southern Baptist Convention by one percent to 41.5 percent. The increase in the SBC portion sustains a commitment by Florida Baptists to raise the percentage allocated nationally to an even 50/50 percent division of funds between the national and state entities.

Editorial: Religious freedom rhetoric—why it matters

For several years, religious freedom advocates have expressed concern that a subtle rhetorical change by the Obama Administration may signal a significant policy change that will have consequences for the practice of freedom of conscience around the world.

President Barack Obama and other members of his administration now routinely use the phrase “freedom of worship” rather than or more frequently than “freedom of religion” when describing liberty of conscience in religious matters. It’s not a distinction without a difference.

Gov. Scott commends 11-year-old’s FBCH work at back-to-school event

LAKELAND (FBW)—Although Haley Burkhardt is only 11 years old, her status as a child hasn’t hindered her ability to help other kids—help that has caused others to take notice, including the governor of Florida.

“I am proof that one person, even an 11-year-old, can make a difference. And so can you,” said Burkhardt at an Aug. 11 back-to-school event at Florida Baptist Children’s Homes’ Lakeland campus.

‘Hybrid’ delivery for new BCF worship degree

GRACEVILLE (FBW)—Baptist College of Florida in Graceville will offer a Master of Arts in Music and Worship Leadership beginning January 2013. According to BCF Music and Worship Division Chair Bill Davis, the new graduate degree is designed for those already serving a local congregation either full-time or bi-vocationally.

The 30 semester hours of study will not require students to relocate to the Graceville campus except for one week each semester. It is the “best of both worlds,” Davis said.

Point of View: The power of revival & repentance

As a kid growing up in my home church, one of the most exciting times of the year was our annual revival. Oh what a time that was!

Point of View: The conversation that should not have happened

Recently, during a flight returning home from an academic conference, I had the most delightful encounter with a lesbian couple. That may not seem like an earth-shaking event. However, in today’s social and political climate, considering our differing demographics, this would be defined as the conversation that should not have happened.

Point of View: Another Side to the Story—Lifeway and ‘The Blind Side’

A few weeks ago, I told you that, in my opinion, Lifeway bookstores made a big mistake when it removed copies of “The Blind Side” from its shelves.

Point of View: Dave Says

Dave Says is a column featuring the financial advice of nationally syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey, the Dave Says column is filled with timely, relevant questions and answers taken from actual calls on Ramsey's radio program, The Dave Ramsey Show.

Lampp retires after ministry of ‘letting people know we care’

TALLAHASEE (FBW)—Barrett Lampp, minister of pastoral care and assimilation with Thomasville Road Baptist Church in Tallahassee, retired July 22 after 14 years with the church. The 79-year-old said his love for people has kept him active in ministry during the past 47 years.

“The only verb in the Great Commission is ‘make disciples,’ and that is my greatest joy—especially one-on-one,” Lampp said.

Maguire State Mission Offering Prayer Guide

The Maguire State Mission Offering honors the legacy of John Maguire, who served as the secretary-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention from 1945-67; and his wife, Clyde Maguire, a historian, prayer warrior and missions author.

During their tenure, the Florida Baptist State Convention experienced unparalleled growth. And the couple energetically called upon all Florida Baptists to embrace the Greatest Commandment through the Great Commission task of the mission field John Maguire called “Favored Florida.”

Worship, spiritual development at core of Super Summer’s activities

LEESBURG (FBC)—Before she enters the University of Missouri as a freshman this fall, Ciara DeClue determined that a return to Super Summer was a top priority.

“Last year changed my life,” said the member of First Baptist Church of Placid Lakes in Lake Placid. “God completely turned my life 180 (degrees).”

NAMB’s church planting conference draws younger generation of Southern Baptists

WOODSTOCK, Ga. (BP)—More than 2,000 church planters, pastors and other Southern Baptist leaders—triple the number originally predicted—attended the North American Mission Board’s Send North America Conference at First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga.

“It’s a brand new day for the North American Mission Board,” NAMB President Kevin Ezell said as he welcomed the attendees. “Our national strategy is Send North America, which is not only about church planting but also evangelism and church revitalization.”

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